No time for major analysis the next couple weeks, but…here’s the Player Production Average update. It’s not pretty.
The NBA is still mostly in Small Sample Size Theater, but they’re closing in on the “it’s real” portion of the early season.
Good news: Otto Porter and John Wall have been outstanding, though I remain concerned with Wall’s stratospheric turnover rate. Marcin Gortat has been good despite a radical drop in his usage rate vs. his career norms. The other starters (Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris) both rate below average, but at least improved since the first update.
The bad news: every other player in the rotation rates at or below replacement level.
The team actually has played a difficult schedule (about 1.09 points per game tougher than average). Unfortunately, they’ve been outscored by 3.42 points per game, suggesting the Wizards have been 2.33 points per game worse than average. Overall, they’ve played at about the level of a 32-win team over an 82-game season — just a little behind the 34.5* wins per season they’ve averaged under the leadership of Ernie Grunfeld.
* This includes pro-rating 2011-12, the lockout-shortened 66-game season, to an 82-game schedule.